Hard to believe we're a quarter of the way done with the season. Just wanted to post a little update to let you all know I'm still out there, still going to at least one game every homestand. It hit me that perhaps a way to enhance me showing the "fan experience" is to really make an effort to sit everywhere I can. I don't have all my ticket stubs handy, but so far I think I've exhausted the upper deck behind homeplate (315 or so). My last game was in section 21, right behind the ball girl on the 3rd base line. Last season I sat a lot in the lower section behind homeplate (section 117 or so). Now I'm going to make a conscious effort to sit out in the outfield and try to get into some club/suite seats. Hopefully by the end of the year I'll have a fairly educated opinion on what seats are best for what you may be looking for.
One thing that has been on my mind lately is that there are two types of people that I think would be interesting to include in this documentary, that frankly I don't seem to be finding at games.
1. The ones who gave up. It's obvious why I can't find these people at games, they aren't there. These are the people that got sick of this team trading away fan favorites and losing and just decided to ignore that there is professional baseball in Pittsburgh in favor of devoting their time and money to the Steelers and the Penguins. I know these type of people exist and I would love to hear their perspective. Most of the people I've talked to just admit to liking the Pirates because that's their team, but clearly not all Pittsburghers share that unconditional love. If you know anyone like this, I would love to talk to them. And to be clear, I'm not going to set out to embarrass or demonize these people just because I'm a Pirates fan. I understand where they're coming from. I've thought about joining them. I just need to hear them and share what they have to say or else things tend to be a little one-sided.
2. The hard-hardcore fans (may not exist). I seem to remember stories, whether on game broadcasts or what about fans that attend every single home game. While that seems difficult, I suppose it isn't impossible. If any of you know if such a person exists, please contact me. I'd love to talk to them.
Remember you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just tweet to me @piratesfandoc. I'll probably respond to tweets faster since I'm using Tweetdeck now and it gives me a nice little chime when people hit me up.